Taking a deep breath…time for the next step

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When I started this blog, it was more for fun-a hobby, if you will.  But over time, it became my own little piece of the world.  Several weeks ago, my husband made a comment that he probably didn’t really give much thought to, but it meant the world to me.  He referred to “my business” and not my blog.

As my site has grown and I’ve gotten more followers, whom I love dearly, amazing opportunities have come my way that I’d never imagined could.  I’ve traveled to LA to attend all kinds of press events and walked the red (which was actually black) carpet.  I was invited to spend a day in NYC to meet Queen Latifah, although due to scheduling issues, I wasn’t able to meet with her in person, but did get to “Skype” with her.  I’ve been invited to participate in a few Brand Ambassadorships and have a few very exciting things coming up shortly that I’m still in awe of!!

The next step is to figure out, well, the next step.  Where do I want to go?  What do I want to DO with my site?  I decided that I will attend a blogging conference, BlogHer ’12, this summer, in NYC.  I want to hear from others’ perspectives, meet some of the folks I have exchanged emails with for 2 years now, and network, along with learning some new ways to make my site be the best it can be and function nicely for my readers.

My hands shook a little as I confirmed the payment for my tickets- there’s no going back now, right?  I’d never imagined as a child, nor could you have made me believe for a moment that I would be a business owner.  A successful business owner, in my mind, because I’m helping brands reach consumers and giving “regular” moms like me a voice.

It was a big step.  3 days in New York City at a conference.  I’m a little bit in awe.  My mom would be really, really proud of me right now.

To tell you the truth, I’m kind of really, really proud of me right now, too.

Time to exhale.  I took that step.  Now to prepare!!

What is YOUR next big step?

 

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About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

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  • Congratulations on all your success! I hope you really love the blog conference :) I just signed up for the Allume Social conference this October and I’m really excited. I’ve only been blogging for a few months, but I figured that it would be a good experience to go to a conference early on to get to know some people and to learn from some really good speakers!

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  • That’s great! I am hoping to be where you are someday! And as someone who lives a very short 120 miles from NYC, let me just say there is NOTHING in the world like it! You can go there a million times and never see everything. Do make sure to have some “real” NY bagels and some “real” NY pizza. You will never look at those two things again in the same light! Hope you have a fantastic time!

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  • It’s always nice when our husbands recognize our hardwork and passions! Have fun at blog her! I’m thinking of doing a conference next year.

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  • How exciting! I just recently found out about the conference. Maybe next year. Keep us posted so we can see how it went!

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  • You should be proud of yourself!! You’ve accomplished a lot, and seem to really be going places. My next big step is to learn how to market myself better, to get out there even more. I’m shy, so it’s hard, but I’ve come a long way in the last year!

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  • So wonderful to know that you are doing well – taking risks and making use of opportunities. I’m proud of you and I’m meeting you for the first time ♥

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  • I just started blogging this week, so my next big step is figuring out how to add advertising to my sidebar! :) I would love to go to a blogging conference some day, they look like so much fun!

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  • What a great story and amazing opportunity for you! My next step is to figure out my next step…blogging-wise. Good to hear a story like yours.

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  • I look forward to reading your posts about the conference :)

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  • My next big step is to grow my readership from about 85 hits a day to 100 hits a day. It’s not my ultimate goal, just my *next* goal. :-) I’m excited for you about being able to be able to attend the BlogHer conference. It’s fabulous that your husband supports your efforts and recognizes what you’re doing as worthwhile!

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  • congrats on all the opportunities and all the things you have done and turned your bloh into. I, too, started my blog as a hobby and have turned it into more than I ever thouht I could.

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  • This is my next big step! I started blogging this week and so far I am loving it of course! Congrat’s on all your success and good luck in NY!

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  • Love that you are feeling so excited and motivated about the future! :)

    I’ll be having baby #3 this Summer, and I feel like I could take over the world! I’m excited about my home and my garden, by blog, and I’ve set goals to train for a 5K and *ahem* write a novel! Here’s to the future!

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  • watch out world here comes queenb!! (LOVE the look of the website!)

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  • Hi Queen B! Boy – doesn’t it feel great when the people we care about acknowledges the work we do?

    You have taken a bold step to go to NYC – next, comes bold success!

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  • What a great story! I really enjoyed reading this!

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  • Your mom would be proud of you! Way to go!!

    :)
    Lisa

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  • You should be proud of yourself, pat yourself on the back and have fun in the Big Apple. I’ve been there only once and it was a whirlwind trip so I didn’t get to enjoy it too much. I do remember being in awe of the Statue of Liberty and seeing her in person. Have fun!

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  • Congratulations on your success with your blog- you’re an inspiration. My “next big step” is to start promoting my blog (until now I’ve only focused on creating content). Do you have any tips as to first steps to take in promoting a blog?
    -Viva recently posted Homemade Pizza Dough

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  • I am Proud of you for buying the tickets. I am also proud of your hubby for saying it is a business. I too want to join a conference and there is one in Dallas I may try and attend as it is close enough that I can come home in the eve.

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  • Well congrats to you. You should be proud. That’s a big accomplishment. I’m just starting out but have hopes to be where u are one day.

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  • My next big step is not as big as yours. Mine is to start regularly posting on my blog and to grow it into a business.

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  • You’ll be great in New York! Congratulations on having such FUN while you build your business. I wish I had a clear answer to your question! All will become clear in its own time.

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  • Taking any big step is scary, but it sounds like this will be an awesome move for you! Good luck with everything and have fun doing it :)

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  • Wow, amazing, I can only dream right now about doing those kind of things. My next BIG step is going to be ordering business cards, lol. I just really love what I am doing and honestly if it makes me happy, what have I got to lose. Thanks for some inspiration!

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  • Good for you! I’m envious about the BlogHer conference – I’d love to be able to go! I hope you enjoy, it, and wish you continued success in your blogging adventures.

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  • The next big step at Busy Mom on the Go is the launch of our summer e-book. Brenda and I are sisters that co-own BMotG and we are the co-authors of this Summer’s E-book coming out April 16th. We are currently looking for interested bloggers to join our affiliate marketing program. Please e-mail contactus @ busymomonthego (dot) com if you are interested in the details of the affiliate program.

    Busy Mom on the Go is a blog dedicated to help busy families find new and exciting ways to spend time together. The Summer e-book is jam packed with summer activities for families and we share a variety of recipes for the perfect summer BBQ!!!

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  • Congratulations on all your blogging success – and here’s to wishing you much, much more!

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  • Wow, you’ve done great things with your blog! I’ve been blogging for a 1 year now but only recently been thinking about how to monetize it. I would like to take it farther. How did you get to the point you’re at, hope you’ll consider writing a blog posting on tips for other bloggers to get to where you’re at or just your journey! Thanks for sharing, hope you enjoy the BlogHer conference!

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  • That is so wonderful your trip and your husband understanding you run a business! I am sure you will have a blast in NYC.

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  • Congrats to you! My next big step is to actually start up a blog of my own. I am hoping that I can be sucessful at it too! Fingers crossed!

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  • I would kill to be able to go to that conference!! if only!!

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  • Congratulations on being so successful! It’s great to see that you can make some money from your blog. I put a lot of time in blogging, but as a book blogger, there isn’t much chance to make money so I haven’t gone for the advert option. I do get free books, though, when I review them. That’s nice too!

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  • Congrats on your success! I’ve been blogging for 3 years, but have not made any money. That hasn’t necessarily been my goal, but now that I’ve taken the Blogelina class, I would love to see something, anything monetarily come in! So that’s my goal. But I was also chatting with an online friend who suggested Blogher orBlissdom…maybe that’ll be next when I feel more “succesful”.

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  • Great job, how exciting! I have my next step in mind, but it will take LOTS of money to make it a reality. So right now, I’m trying to figure out what next step I need to take in order to try and start getting the money. I have a few ideas, but need to research them a little more and then get to work! :)

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  • Wow! NYC and BlogHer! I have never attended a blogging conference. I’m still waiting to make enough money for plane tickets somewhere. :-) Actually if I went to a conference it would be to the Weston Price Foundation conference that is held each year. I would love to meet some of the other traditional food bloggers. How exciting for you! You’ll have to report back with all the exciting events you attended, and how sweet for your husband to acknowledge your blog is a business! I recently joined a network called Nourishing Living so that is my current big step. I’m not sure where I’m going next, thanks for the food for thought.

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  • Wow, I’m impressed. How long have you beenblogging for?

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  • Good for you taking that big step! Sounds like your blog business is already doing very well! Congratulations – and enjoy your conference!

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  • congratulations! You should be proud :) Blogging has led to some fun times! My next step though is non blog related. I am training for the DIsney 1/2 marathon in Sept!

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  • How exciting to need to know what the ‘next step’ is…. congratulations! You’ve realized what so many of us aspire to: entrepreneurship.

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  • Woo Hoo! Congratulations on taking that step. I just betcha it will be a blast….and I’m only a little pea green with envy! ;)

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  • Congratulations! Making the transition from “blog” to “business” is a big one, but it is a great one. Best of luck with your new line of thinking.

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  • Congratulations! I hope your dreams become more than you imagined!

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  • I feel the same way about my blogging journey.

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  • Good for you!

    Running a blog is difficult and I feel that I’m at the point where I am finally starting to make real money on mine. I am so proud of myself that I was able to build my brand and turn something so small into a success

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  • Kudos to you!

    Acknowledging your hard work and belief in yourself- as well as having the gumption to actually set everything in motion. That is huge! I think many of us (myself definitely included) have ideas or dreams, but have that voice in our heads that laughs at them and thus they sit undiscovered.

    I wish you bigger success down the road!

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  • Congrats on your success… hope you have fun in NYC! I would LOVE to go there – just to get wrapped in the hustle and bustle!

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  • Congrats for doing so well,,I love your site ,one of my favorites,I wish I was young an had the engery to do this too,but happy for you!

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  • I am so jellies that you are going to BlogHer and in NYC! I am going to go one day when I’m not pregnant or caring for a newborn. :-)

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  • That is so awesome. It’s great that you are able to do all these fantastic things doing something you love that helps people. I recently started blogging about five or so months ago and it would completely blow my mind for opportunities like like to open up for me. My husband still refers to it as my “little coupon thing online” which bugs me because I take it very seriously but I understand that men have to see some tangibles to get on the ball. Anywho (lol), I just want to say congratulations. :-)

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    • Congrats on your taking your next big step. I have a few ideas for my next one, but trying to figure out which one to focus on.

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